Gizmodo Japan has spotted a design patent filed by DJI for a camera that looks remarkably similar to the Hasselblad X1D 50c. Of course, DJI essentially owns Hasselblad after becoming the majority stakeholder a couple of years ago, and DJI’s own Mavic 2 Pro contains a Hasselblad branded camera. But it seems now that DJI is going to be remaking Hasselblad cameras in their own image.
I’m seeing a little bit of speculation on social media after a new countdown timer has just appeared on the Hasselblad website. So soon after the announcement of the Fuji GFX 100, could this be the 100-megapixel follow up to the Hasselblad X1D? That’s what many believe Hasselblad will announce, although there is nothing specifically to suggest it other than the timing.
Since its launch, the Hasselblad X1D lens variety hasn’t been huge. It was initially announced along with the 30mm f/3.5, 45mm f/3.5, and 90mm f/3.2. Since then, four new lenses have been announced, but only one has shown up so far. The 120mm f/3.5 Macro. Aside from that, your only option is an adapter to use the H lenses of its beefier siblings.
Now, though, Hasselblad wants to give X1D owners fast access to three already existing lenses with a new XPan lens adapter. While XPan lenses haven’t been made for a little while, they’re still out there used. This adapter adds the ability to use your X1D with those 30mm f/5.6, 45mm f/4 and 90mm f/4 XPan lenses.
Hasselblad’s X1D camera was announced last year with much fanfare. The world’s first mirrorless medium format camera. It’s been out for a little while now, and seem to have received nothing but praise. Now, Hasselblad are introducing four new lenses to the XCD lineup designed specifically for the X1D system.
The first new lens is the Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3.5 Macro. This expands the X1D lens lineup which currently includes the XCD 30mm f/3.5, 45mm f/3.5 and 90mm f/3.2 lenses. The XCD 120mm f/3.5 is slated for release in June. Like the other XCD lenses, the XCD 120mm features an integral shutter offering full flash sync up to 1/2000th of a second.
After the teases and the leaks, it’s now official as Hasselblad launch their X1D Medium Format Digital Mirrorless camera. It is a thing of beauty, and the specs look very impressive. Although, with a price tag of $8995, one would hope so.
It uses the same 50MP CMOS sensor as their new H6D-50c, so the X1D is going to be able to produce the same kind of colour, tone and detail as it’s bigger sibling, but in a much smaller package.
It seems every time a new camera is about to be released, somebody somewhere always slips up and lets content out online before they’re supposed to, although it’s rarely the manufacturer themselves.